La Rambla Stage Special Guests

Master of Ceremonies Steve Piacente.  Special Guests:  Roye Okupe, Wendy Miller, Andrew Gifford, Jeffrey Blount, Rick Campbell, Mark Opsasnick and Jeff Krulik

Special Guests


Master of Ceremonies – Steve Piacente

Mark Twain said, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” No writer will tell you his craft is easy. And most probably agree that making a living writing only what they like to write – be it crime novels, memoirs or literary fiction – is brutally hard.…[More]

 wendy millerSpecial Guest Speaker – Wendy Miller

Miller’s skills take her into the worlds of fine art, writing, psychology, expressive arts therapy, and mind­–body medicine. She has published on medical illness and the arts as complementary medicine…[More]


Special Guest Speaker – Roye Okupe

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is a creative specialist who holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in computer science from The George Washington University. His passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012…[More]


Special Guest Speaker – Andrew Gifford

For more than 70 years, Gifford’s Ice Cream and Candy Company was associated with nothing but pleasure for native Washingtonians and visitors to the nation’s capital…[More]

Jeffrey Blount

Special Guest Speaker – Jeffrey Blount

Jeffrey Blount is a multiple award-winning author. His novel, Hating Heidi Foster, won the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Book Award for young adult fiction.  His novel, Almost Snow White, is a winner of the USA Book News Award. In recent years, he has put his writing talent to use working on documentary films and interactive projects.…[More]


Special Guest Speaker – Rick Campbell

Rick Campbell, a retired Navy Commander, spent more than twenty years in the Navy, serving on four nuclear-powered submarines. On his last submarine, he was one of the two men whose permission is required to launch its nuclear warhead-tipped missiles.…[More]


Special Guest Speakers – Mark Opsasnick and Jeff Krulik